BC PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM
British Columbia (BC) is Canada’s most western and is famed for its natural beauty, with both beautiful mountains against an ocean setting. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, the 15th largest in Canada; the largest city is Vancouver, Canada’s third-largest city, with over 2 million inhabitants. BC Provincial Nominee Program is one of the most popular among Canada’s Immigration Program.
British Columbia has a resource dominated economy, centered on the forestry industry but also with increasing importance in mining. While employment in the resource sector has fallen steadily, unemployment is currently at a 30-year low of 4.5%. New jobs are mostly in the construction and retail/service sectors. Known as Hollywood North, the Vancouver region is the third-largest feature film production location in North America, after Los Angeles and New York. In addition, tourism and the service sector play an increasing role in the BC economy, which is to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Immigration to BC has played an increasingly important role in the economy. As Canada’s Gateway to the East, BC, and particularly Greater Vancouver, has attracted increasing numbers of immigrants from around the world, but particularly from Asia. The BC Government’s Provincial immigration programs have been typically very modest, with the vast majority of immigrants coming under Federal immigration programs. Recently, the Provincial Nominee Program in British Columbia introduced very attractive programs, aimed at attracting increasing numbers of business people, and workers for the tourism industry. These programs now make the BC Nominee program among the most attractive in Canada.